Kenyatta International Conference Centre


Nairobi’s signature building was designed as a fusion of modern and traditional African styles, though the distinctive saucer tower looks a little dated next to some of the city’s newer and flashier glass edifices. Take the lift up to the 27th floor, then climb the remaining two floors to the viewing platform and (if it's open) helipad on the roof for marabou-stork's-eye views over Nairobi in all its wonderfully tangled madness.

The sight line goes all the way to the suburbs, and on clear days you can even see Mt Kenya. You’re allowed to take photographs from the viewing level but not elsewhere in the building. You'll need to leave your passport with security at the building's entrance, then pay the admission fee at reception inside on the ground floor.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Nairobi attractions

1. Holy Family Cathedral


The main Catholic church in the city, this is a key downtown landmark and one of Nairobi's most important churches.

3. Parliament House

0.26 MILES

If you fancy a look at how democracy works in Kenya, it’s possible to obtain a free permit for the public gallery at Parliament House when parliament is…

4. American Embassy Memorial Garden

0.26 MILES

This well-tended walled garden occupies the former site of the American embassy, which was destroyed by terrorist bombings on 7 August 1998. It’s a lovely…

5. National Archives

0.29 MILES

Right in the bustling heart of Nairobi is the distinctive National Archives, the ‘Memory of the Nation’, a vast collection of documents and reference…

6. Railway Museum

0.36 MILES

The main collection here is housed in an old railway building and consists of relics from the East African Railway. There are train and ship models,…

7. Jamia Mosque

0.38 MILES

Amid the clutter of downtown, Nairobi’s main mosque is a lovely building in typical Arab-Muslim style, with all the domes, marble and Quranic inscriptions…

8. Uhuru Park


An expanse of manicured green on the fringe of the central city, this attractive park is a popular respite from the downtown noise and bustle. It owes its…